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L'arcobaleno orizzontale 27.03.13

Un arcobaleno orizzontale a Parigi

L'insolito arcobaleno orizzontale, fotografato la settimana scorsa a Parigi, è dovuto al Sole particolarmente alto nel momento dello scatto come spiega la NASA.

Why is this horizon so colorful? Because, opposite the Sun, it is raining. What is pictured above is actually just a common rainbow. It's uncommon appearance is caused by the Sun being unusually high in the sky during the rainbow's creation. Since every rainbow's center must be exactly opposite the Sun, a high Sun reflecting off of a distant rain will produce a low rainbow where only the very top is visible -- because the rest of the rainbow is below the horizon. Furthermore, no two observers can see exactly the same rainbow -- every person finds themselves exactly between the Sun and rainbow's center, and every observer sees the colorful circular band precisely 42 degrees from rainbow's center.